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Thanksgiving 2010: Get Ready, Texas, for Another No Refusal DWI Holiday

Law enforcement loves No Refusal weekends – counties all over the Lone Star State are now routinely blanketing holiday weekends with No Refusal efforts with notice to the public popping up in press releases issued as late as 24 hours before the holiday begins. 

You remember No Refusal weekends:  those are the set time periods where the Powers that Be set up mobile laboratories that are setting there with nurses holding needles and judges holding pens, at the ready to sign the warrant needed to take your blood. 

Why? So in the event you listen to criminal defense attorneys recommending that you refuse a Breathalyzer breath test, then they can just force you into the mobile lab where the judge signs the search warrant for your blood and the nurse then takes a sample.  If your blood tests higher than the legal limit for alcohol – you are busted.

Gritty stuff, one wonders what our Founding Fathers would think, huh?

So, this holiday as you are driving to visit family, coming home from college, or just zipping across town to a party, remember you may be driving through a No Refusal Zone. They are popping up all over the place. What authority and what stretch of road is impacted here depends upon what section of our Great State you’re traveling through.

So what is your best bet this Thanksgiving 2010?

  • Don’t drink and drive.  
  • Don’t even have any type of container carrying an alcoholic beverage in the passenger compartment of your vehicle. 
  • Have a designated driver.

Just don’t give the popo a chance to arrest you for driving drunk (an arrest is a bad life event).  And if the worst thing happens, you are pulled over and you’re the victim of a Mobile Lab in a No Refusal Zone, call a lawyer asap.  All is not lost, but you’ve got a fight on your hands.

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